Changing the world, equipping churches for dealing with addictions, bringing spiritual and physical healing, teaching the Word and bringing people closer to God through music—these are the dreams that five young women are determined to reach through the 2015 Alabaster House Legacy Scholarships they have just been awarded.
“I dream to reach people. I dream to make a difference. I dream to see lives changed,” says 19-year-old Kagan Kaczmar, a freshman at Life Pacific College (LPC, also called Life Bible College) and one of the five scholarship recipients.
Kagan Kaczmar, Francesca Giraldo and Taylor Pike were each awarded $2,000 toward their tuition at LPC. Kayla Garoutte was awarded $1,000 toward the Ignite-Life Pacific College, and Kaye Hanson received $500 toward the Foursquare Emerging Leader Network (ELN).
“Rather than having to fix so much time and energy on my financial need, the funds will allow me to focus more energy toward a possible internship with Foursquare Missions International (FMI), volunteering in the community and thriving in school,” explains Kagan, who plans to major in human development and psychology, and yearns to see people healed from their past, both physically and emotionally.
She and each of the four other scholarship recipients are an example of the type of young women the scholarships were designed for. The fund honors Foursquare’s female leaders of the past, and promotes the heritage and ministry of United Foursquare Women, now called Women in Ministry Leadership (WIML).
“We are excited to sponsor these leaders who are pursuing education to grow in their competencies in personal, ministry and skill formation,” says General Supervisor Tammy Dunahoo. She affirms the rich heritage from which this scholarship fund was established, stating: “Our ForeRunners are thrilled to see their legacy continue.”
Kaye Hanson will be joining ELN, and is passionate about planting new churches and helping to renew old ones. “A business major seems indispensable in pursuit of this kind of life,” she shares. “With the proper knowledge of how to financially manage a church, I can do my part in making sure a church’s weak link is not its financial situation.”
Francesca Giraldo, 19, will be in the worship, arts and media major that is launching this year. “I’m glad God has called me to LPC because I feel that it is the perfect place for me to grow in my music abilities and confidence while also helping me grow in my walk with God,” she affirms.
Each of the women selected for the 2015 awards is committed to changing the world in different ways. Taylor Pike wants to become a pastor and—more important—teach the Word. She is convinced that to do those things well, she must have the necessary tools.
“I wholeheartedly believe through the education I receive at LPC, I will be trained and thoroughly equipped for every good work God has in store for the rest of my life,” says Taylor.